EU lawmakers are exploring the idea of a scoring system to rate the level of reparability of products. The scoring system could appear on labels to help differentiate reparable products.
The study is carried out by the Commission Joint Research Centre and is expected to deliver outcomes by the end of 2018. It will first focus on three product groups: laptops, vacuum cleaners and washing machines. The results of the study may be used to set the framework and grounds for the display of this information on the existing energy labels.
With 85% of consumers looking at it to help their purchase decisions, the EU Energy Label is a very powerful tool to drive competition upwards and guide consumers towards both energy efficient and durable, repairable products.
The Coolproducts campaign has long been calling for an integration of such information on the label and welcomes the launch of this initiative.